GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) -- The deadline is fast approaching for the National Football League and locked out players to reach a new collective bargaining agreement and salvage the 2011-2012 season.
That's much on the minds of those attending Green Bay Packers Youth Football camps.
The grounds outside the Oshkosh Community Y-M-C-A had all the appearance of any football training camp starting in the heat and humidity of July. But the Green Bay Packers Youth Football Camp drew 60 youngsters between six-and-14 years old, many with professional dreams.
"I love to play it.: said Jacob Derene of Oshkosh. "Since I grew up, I've wanted to be in the NFL. I just can't stop playing it."
This five-day football camp includes several-days of coaching from past Packer players. It works on the fundamentals of playing football. Youngsters at the Oshkosh camp are ready to apply what they've learned here on their own teams and when the pro season begins.
"It's so fun to watch them to see...and I learn new things from them." said Hans Woldt of Oshkosh. "Like how to play different techniques and stuff from them."
But learning from the professionals maybe on hold. The NFL lockout and the lack of a collective bargaining agreement between players and the league are raising the possibility that the 2011-2012 season maybe delayed or cancelled. That's an idea that some football campers find hard to believe.
"I really don't understand it." said Woldt. "I mean I don't get why it can't be worked out."
"Well I went to the Super Bowl last year. It was really fun." said Jacob Derene. "I really wanted to go to another game to watch the Packers."
Most football campers admit they don't understand much about the business side of football. But they've got a simple solution to try and break any impasse."
" Split the money." said Kris Weber of Neenah. "I mean how much money do you have like nine-billion billion dollars?. How much money do you need?"
"Share the money. Split it out and play and have fun." said Dan Bomier of Neenah.
Football campers will move on with their seasons, regardless of what happens between NFL players and the league. Camp coaches use the lockout to help young athletes understand some of life's lessons.
"First thing we tell them is that there is very little that you can actually control in the world." said Coach Kevin Vanden Heuvel, Senior Director of the Green Bay Packers Youth Football Camps. "Two things you can control is your effort and your attitude. So we tell our campers to give maximum effort all the time."
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